Elements of the Universe: Geo – 12 Words

geology

science of the history of the earth as recorded in rocks

When it comes to geology, we absolutely have to know the topographic signatures: what’s low, what’s high, what are ridges, what are troughs.Nature (Jul 14, 2015)
geography

study of the earth’s surface

Both history and geography help explain why Greece matters far beyond its borders.BBC (Aug 6, 2015)
geometry

the mathematics of points and lines and curves and surfaces

The geometry of the eye indicates whether an animal is the hunter, or the hunted – and how tall it walks.The Guardian (Aug 7, 2015)
geomancy

divination by means of signs connected with the earth

Science, rescued from the hands of astrology, geomancy, alchemy, began her real life with the Renaissance.Johnson, Rossiter
geocentric

having the earth as the center

The Pythagoreans were the first to see that the earth is itself one of the planets, and to shake themselves free from the geocentric hypothesis.Stace, W. T. (Walter Terence)
geopolitics

the study of the effects of economic geography on the powers of the state

Oil has been at the epicenter of the geopolitics of the Middle East for longer than the living memory of most people on earth today. Forbes (Mar 30, 2015)
geostrategy

the branch of geopolitics dealing with strategy

The response was mainly confined to anti-terrorism and geostrategy, leading to the invasion of Afghanistan and the debacle of Iraq.The Guardian (Aug 2, 2011)
geosynchronous

of or having an orbit with a fixed period of 24 hours

Data are transmitted back and forth between terrestrial antennas and satellites in geosynchronous orbits about 22,000 miles up.BusinessWeek (Jan 22, 2015)
geostationary

of or having a geosynchronous orbit such that the position in such an orbit is fixed with respect to the earth

They also pulled in signals from satellites in geostationary orbit that made international telephone calls fast and easily accessible for most Americans.New York Times (Feb 9, 2012)
geothermal

of or relating to the heat in the interior of the earth

Solar, wind, geothermal and hydropower are providing vast new energy resources, replacing carbon-intensive fossil fuels, and eliminating the greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change.US News (Aug 13, 2015)
geotropism

an orienting response to gravity

This downward bending coincides with that due to geotropism, and both will cause the root to resume its original course.Darwin, Charles
geomorphology

the branch of geology that studies the characteristics and configuration and evolution of rocks and land forms

Physical geography naturally falls into three divisions, dealing respectively with the surface of the lithosphere— geomorphology; the hydrosphere—oceanography; and the atmosphere—climatology.Various

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